Thursday, May 26, 2011

Weekend at Temperance

Just in time to set the tone for the Memorial Day weekend, I'm finally getting around to posting about our car camping trip at Temperance River state park last weekend.
We were debating even going as the forecast was calling for rain pretty much the whole weekend, but Temperance is a very hard park to get into, and we had a reservation, so we decided to just brave the elements and go for it.

Temperance Walk In
We got to our cart in site around 11:00 and, being the smart people that we are, decided to get the tent up right away before the rain started. It was an excellent site right on the lake, although a little greenery between the sites would have made it better.

Campsite View
The view was gorgeous, and we got to spend our night hearing the waves crash against the shore.

2011-05-21 Temperance
We were able to wander around by the lake for a little before the rain started.
Since we didn't think that the rain would be letting up any time soon, we decided to take a drive up to Grand Marais and check out the local bike shop. While we were there, we picked up a new collar for Loki, and I was able to obtain what I believe to be the only tin of proofide to be found in any bike shop north of Minneapolis.

Temperance River

2011-05-21 Temperance River
Although the rain never stopped completely, it did lighten up enough to allow us to take a short hike up the river. Thanks to the rain, we had the trails all to ourselves.

The wind had been blowing off the lake pretty good all day.

By the time we turned in, the wind was starting to calm and the rain had stopped.
We awoke early Sunday morning, and after a quick breakfast of eggs and sausage, packed up and headed for home. We had beaten the rain once again.

Despite the rain.....and wind......and cold, we had a really good time. We plan on stopping back again this summer, most likely for a day hike, although this would be an ideal base camp for riding the many miles of forest roads nearby. We can't wait.

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